Unknown250 - 400

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

A piece of mother-of-pearl decorates this Late Roman ring. The round bezel is surrounded by a collar-like flange, which is ridged on its upper surface. Triangles composed of beads of gold granulation cover the join of the bezel and the shank or hoop of the ring. Elaborate beaded joins become popular in the late 300s A.D. The flat, slightly curved form of the shank is somewhat unusual, since Late Roman rings usually have a round or filigreed shank. This ring and the others from the hoard are all about the same size and appear to come from one workshop.

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  • Title: Ring
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 250 - 400
  • Location Created: Roman Empire
  • Physical Dimensions: 3 x 2.8 cm (1 3/16 x 1 1/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Gold, mother-of-pearl
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Object Type: Ring
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 83.AM.228.5
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 212, Coins, Gems and Jewelry
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: Roman
  • Classification: Jewelry